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Aventicum Capital Seeds Geneva Hedge Fund

Sep 24, 2013
Jing Chen

Aventicum Capital, a joint venture between Credit Suisse and Qatar Holding, is planning to make a seed investment in a Geneva-based hedge fund that will launch before the end of the year.

While the size of the investment was not disclosed, Martin Keller, who is the head of asset management of Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Credit Suisse, and chairman of Aventicum's board, told Financial News that “one of the benefits of [the] partnership is that it allows [Aventicum] to seed and run businesses that [the firm] can no longer do in a bank-affiliated asset manager."

The Volcker Rule, which was put in place after the 2008 financial crisis, restricts U.S. banks from making certain kinds of speculative investments in hedge funds and private equity funds that do not benefit their customers.

The unnamed hedge fund firm that Aventicum will invest in will be headed by Luca Mengoni, the former chief investment officer at New York-based Pioneer Alternative Investments.




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